Friday, 16 October 2020

Detour "Dears"

It is 3 weeks since I posted so I thought I had better do an update to say Hi and so I can look back in years to come at this moment on my current health detour. I was going to call the post "Detour Dilemmas" as I seem to have a few of them at the moment! But dilemma seemed too negative a word so with the current situation Detour "dears" is much more positive! My dictionary tells me 'dear' means cherished and adored so it is much more appropriate. My first 'dear' is to all those people out there who donate their blood regularly to strangers something I was the lucky recipient of yesterday for the first time in my life......

The inevitable side effects of the chemotherapy have been a challenge to say the least with just this past week my haemoglobin dropping to 81 and my platelets from 281 to 55 in just one week. So I had the bonus of no chemotherapy yesterday so instead a blood transfusion so I will cherish a few days break. Maybe next week we'll be back to chemo and possibly a platelet transfusion as well. So if you are one of those 'dear' blood donors I say thankyou. My ticker has not been so happy either so a review with the cardiologist might mean a change to my current regime with possibly continuing the way I am for an extra 6 weeks which will mean weekly for a total of 18 weeks....time will tell how my body copes with that. Meanwhile so many 'dear' friends have been helping me through. My friend who has been sending me daily photos from her garden since early August continues to do so. What gorgeous roses she has amongst many other beauties at the moment......



And some special 'dear' quilting friends brought tears to my eyes with this beautiful quilt entirely hand appliqu├ęd and hand quilted using Japanese fabrics. I adore and treasure it greatly........

And more flowers have come my way too..........

I also received this gorgeous parcel in the post from another 'dear' quilting friend Julie Haddrick. Such lovely William Morris treasures in a reusable tin - thankyou Julie and Peter.......
And 'dear' Dot sent me this gorgeous package. One wee worm lost his head in transit so needed repair but they are very happy in their new homes......thanks Dot as always........

And my voucher for meals from 'dear' friends in Bordertown has stocked the freezer once again......thankyou girls.......
Another 'dear' friend made me some fruit protein smoothies and Tim from Lloyd Curzon Textiles turned his hand in the kitchen with a slow cooked chicken broth and delicious Moroccan Lamb.....thankyou both of you.... 
I am almost embarrassed by all this wonderful attention but very grateful. I follow a triple negative breast cancer instagram site and just today I was reminded of how sad it is that mental illness is not looked upon the same as physical illness. A clinical psychologist from the US - Dr Christine Hibbert has been challenging this very concept herself as one of her daughters has struggled with mental illness and now Christine is going through breast cancer treatment it has become more obvious. Christine was the recipient of the Mother of the Year Award in 2018 and you can read more of that HERE. This post from her blog titled What if We Supported Depression like we Support Breast Cancer is truly thought provoking and so very true as we have watched one of own daughters go through this anguish. Sophie is the mother of little Wade who was born at 28 weeks almost 3 years ago so I am sneaking a photo of Sophie from 2 years ago when we made a donation to the NICU Wade spent 12 weeks and a link to Sophie's own blog Southern Altitude.......
It sure makes you realise how there is still such a stigma and lack of understanding with all aspects of mental health and illness. October is breast cancer awareness month across the world and one of Australia's large bakery chains has been supporting this cause for 20 years this year by holding their Baker's Delight Pink Bun Campaign with 100% of sales going to the Breast Cancer Network Australia organisation. So Larry did manage to buy a pack.......
I have managed to do some return gifts with some flowers to the 'dear' staff in the Oncology unit that have been a part of my life for that last 9 weeks and these were the flowers a week on......
I also made a thankyou gift for Kerryn for teaching my class at Quilt Encounter last week and glad I could do that as I have not been doing much stitching of late.....
I've not been seeing the 'dear' kiddies as much with being vulnerable to infection but we did have an outside visit by the seaside last weekend......and Beau is sporting a grand new haircut as well.......

We have missed 'dear' Wade terribly as well and it was delight to receive this cheeky image during the week from his other Nanna who said she was glad he hadn't worked out how to wind the lipstick up!!!......
So I think that is all for now. Our garden is full of colour with the warmer weather and that makes me smile especially when we manage to get a few blooms inside. Thanks for all your thoughts and wishes and take care and stay safe.






Friday, 25 September 2020

Finding gladness

 I was planning on calling this post "Finding Joy" and then discovered a TV series of the same name so that went out the window! Then I reviewed the series and found it is a comedy based in Ireland so maybe that might be something to bring gladness in our lives...goodness knows we all need a bit of a laugh right now. It is heart breaking to read of Covid 19 rearing its ugly ahead again around the world and one wonders how much longer it can be endured. But for now we are trying to find gladness in our own little bubble. For me the past two weeks have had their challenges with the inevitable side effects of the chemotherapy but yesterday marked round six of the 12 weekly cycle so halfway to that milestone! I am still overwhelmed with cards and messages.....and more beautiful flowers and gifts. These flowers were from the staff at our local "State of Mind" cafe....how kind...

And more gorgeous flowers (and chocolates!), from interstate friends who I met on our Renaissance Tour's 'William Morris in Adelaide' tours....I can't wait for this treatment to be over so we can resume them again as we had three tours ready to go this year that we have had to cancel. Thankyou so much Julie and Elaine.....they bring much gladness to my heart......

A gift in the mail from Nydia and Ken of the stunning Thorngrove Manor.....thankyou.......
And from our friends Simon and Kay. They know first hand how chemo can beat you down having watched their son Adam fight the fight and now Adam and his wife Holly are about to bless Simon and Kay with their first grandchild....miracles indeed but sad they can't travel to the UK to be meet the new baby for some time yet......thankyou Simon and Kay for the special treats.......

And this gorgeous hand stitched postcard came in the mail. This friend has travelled the same detour I am taking so understands completely. I love the stamped leaf and that little pearl......thankyou Dawn......
The azalea I received from the SA Quilters' Guild is also now blooming and that has brought me much gladness as I watched the buds open........

This is the view of the Bridal Wreath bush, the proper name being Spiraea cantoniensisfrom my bedroom window and also brings much gladness 

The roses are full of spring buds so that will bring much gladness in a few weeks especially the Pierre De Ronsard rose arch. I recently treated myself to a new sculpture friend to join the drake in the garden and it was serendipitous that the place I put him looked like he was catching the bird.......

I received this lovely gift from a friend that commissioned someone to make for me with inspiration from the colours of William Morris. It is made of deconstructed necklaces and the beads hang outside the family room sliding door where it brings much gladness both inside and out....thankyou Bridgette and Wendy.......
I have also had moments of gladness in my happy place in front of my sewing machine making some more charity quilts that have now been quilted by Faye........

There was much gladness in the house when we discovered a nearby cafe was making ready made meals. We thought that 11 meals for $130 was a great deal and the food is absolutely delicious and so very healthy. Those who live nearby might like to check them out at The Fleurieu Pantry in Port Noarlunga. We have already enjoyed a chicken Burrito bowl that was delicious and who needs being on chemo for many weeks as an excuse!...
We've also planted some veggies, herbs and a lone strawberry in small containers so it will be interesting to see how they thrive........
I mentioned in a previous post that my anaesthetist when I had the portacatch inserted was the famous Dr Richard Harris who was a part of the rescue team of the boys caught in the cave in Thailand. Richard performed the anaesthetic on the boys and I feel pretty chuffed (and glad), to have been in such expert hands. You can read more about Richard and his diving rescues HERE. So I ordered his book and will have that ready for an autograph when I have surgery at the end of this chemo treatment.........
So I hope I have filled the blog with gladness so will leave you with this glad heart of Beau who only last night gained his blue belt in Tae Kwon Do.....that really brings gladness to us all. Take care till next time x